I am new to chickens; both this forum and owning chickens. I live in FL and went to visit my brother in MO for Christmas. He raises birds and participates in cock fighting and before I left he gave me 5 birds to bring home (1 rooster and 4 hens). I HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF FIGHTING HIM OR ANY OF HIS OFFSPRING, EVER (just wanted to get that out of the way right off)(and I am aware that I am going to have to remove all of his sons in order to keep the peace). I wanted them for eating bugs around the house and nearby woods, which they are doing well. However, now that I see them around I am enjoying them much more than I ever thought I would. I want them to tame down, but they are so spooky you cant get within 20yrds of them before they run off. My question is, can you teach old chickens new tricks (theyre not that old, all 1yr except for one of the hens which is 2yrs)? How could I go about taming them down and making them more friendly? Catching them might be tough, even at night; they roost about 60ft up in an oak tree.